20 Mar 2020

Theatre has always been there in dark times for both audiences and artists. So what happens in these particularly dark times when because of the necessary social distancing measures you can’t do theatre? You do something else.

With this in mind we’ve put together Interval, an evolving series of projects designed to support our artistic and freelance community and give our audiences the exceptional new writing they are used to. In a time of scarce resource, the one thing we currently have is our time and we want to use that time to support artists, freelancers, young people and communities.

Today, we are announcing the first of these projects and we will think of and announce more projects in response to how this situation develops.

Our doors may be closing but the heart of Cardiff will remain firmly open throughout this period.


Welsh and Wales-based artists and freelancers can have creative conversations 1:1 with members of the Sherman family via skype or phone. A number of slots will be available to book over the next few weeks with:

Joe Murphy, Sherman Theatre’s Artistic Director;

Hayley Grindle, Designer and Sherman Theatre Associate Artist;

Daf James, Playwright, Composer and Sherman Theatre’s Writer in Residence (in the medium of Welsh or English);

Gary Owen, Playwright and Sherman Theatre Associate Artist (in the medium of Welsh or English)

To request a slot with Joe, Hayley, Daf or Gary please email and include the following information where possible: your discipline, where you are based and if you want you can include your bio. This info is to give to Joe, Hayley, Daf or Gary in advance of the call.


Thanks to an anonymous donation and inspired by Papatango’s brilliant idea, ten Welsh or Wales–based writers will create one to five minute monologues which will be performed and self-filmed by actors and shown on Youtube. Some important info:

- Anyone can apply as long as they are Welsh or Wales-based. Please write a short paragraph-long pitch explaining the story you want to tell (please note we are not accepting full scripts at this stage) and send to no later than Friday 3 April.

- The Sherman artistic family will select ten pitches

- Pitches will be accepted in Welsh and English

- Each writer will receive £100 to develop their script into a one to five minute monologue

- Any actors who would like to be involved should email their Spotlight entry and an expression of interest to Actors must have the ability to self-film their monologue. Each actor will be paid £100.


Sherman Theatre Associate Artist Gary Owen has donated two short monologues. Two actors will perform and self-film these plays and they will be broadcast on our Youtube channel.


We want to ensure that artists and freelancers get as much work as possible as soon as this situation abates. We will champion a different person every two days on our social media channels and then share each profile again as the situation returns to normal. To take part please email the following info to

- Name

- Your discipline

- Where you are based

- Your bio

- What you most want people in the sector to know about you (90 words max)

- What are you passionate about? (30 words max)

- Your twitter handle


Sherman Theatre’s Creative Engagement Manager Timothy Howe has worked with teaching artists and practitioners to create digital resources and digital versions of existing projects so that our young people continue to be engaged during this period. We will fully announce these next week.


More Interval projects have been announced here.


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